A federal district court has permanently barred St. Louis truck driver Charles Eden from preparing federal income tax returns for customers. In entering the civil injunction order, Judge Stephen Limbaugh found that Eden "continually and repeatedly" understated customers' tax liabilities "by fabricating or grossly inflating their tax deduction." The order states that Eden's activities over the last five years have cost the government nearly $3.5 million. The court ordered Eden to notify his customers of the injunction and to provide the Justice Department with his customers' names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and phone and Social Security numbers. "People who prepare false or fraudulent tax returns are cheating not just the federal treasury, but all law-abiding taxpayers," said Eileen J. O'Connor, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Tax Division. "The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are working vigorously to stop these systematic abuses of the tax system."
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